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SDSU TO WNIT…The South Dakota State women’s basketball team will participate in postseason play as the Jackrabbits host Butler University out of the Big East Conference Thursday in the first round of the Women’s NIT.
   Thursday’s game marks the Jackrabbits’ third appearance in the postseason WNIT. SDSU qualified for the Women’s NIT in 2007 and 2008 while completing its transition to Division I.
   The Jackrabbits, 22-9 overall, secured a berth in the WNIT by winning their fifth consecutive Summit League regular-season title with a 13-1 mark. South Dakota State recorded its 17th 20-win season since the program began in 1966-67 and its eighth 20-plus win season since turning Division I in 2004-05.
   Butler enters the WNIT with a 15-15 overall record and 10-8 mark in the Big East after falling to Creighton in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament March 9.
   The winner of Thursday’s game faces the winner of the Creighton vs. Missouri game in the WNIT’s second round.

SDSU TICKET INFO…For all WNIT games held in Frost Arena, season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase their regular-season seats. Season ticket holders will have until noon Wednesday to purchase their seats and any additional tickets. Due to the quick turnaround in the tournament, season ticket holders must purchase the same number of tickets for all WNIT games held in Frost Arena. Additional information will be emailed to season ticket holders.   
   For more information, contact the Jackrabbit Ticket Office at 1-866-GoJacks or 688-5422 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
   The general public will be able to purchase general admission tickets starting at 11 p.m. on    Available reserved tickets can be purchased starting Wednesday at 1 p.m.
   Reserved and general admission tickets are $20. Children’s general admission and SDSU student tickets are $7. SDSU students can purchase tickets at the Jackrabbit Ticket office with a valid student ID starting at noon Tuesday.

USD BID…South Dakota will make its first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance at 5:30 p.m. Saturday against Stanford at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, in a nationally televised contest on ESPN2.
   The Coyotes (19-13), which earned an automatic bid by winning the Summit League Tournament six days ago, are the No. 15 seed in the Ames Region. Stanford (29-3) earned a No. 2 seed after winning the Pac 12 regular season championship. The Cardinal lost to USC in the Pac 12 Tournament and earned an at-large bid.
   Should South Dakota advance to the second round, the team will face the winner of the game immediately preceding it between No. 7 seed Iowa State (20-10) and No. 10 seed Florida State (20-11). That second-round contest would be played Monday at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State beat South Dakota 88-72 in Ames back on Nov. 13.
   USD and Stanford will meet for the first time. The two programs share one common opponent in South Dakota State. The Cardinal beat the Jackrabbits 80-60 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Nov. 28. The Coyotes beat SDSU 72-58 a week ago in the semifinal round of the Summit League Tournament.

ALL-ESD GBB…The All-ESD Conference girls’ basketball team has been released.
   Mitchell, Pierre and Harrisburg each had two honorees. Mitchell, the state runner-up, had senior Macy Miller and junior Taylor Volesky. Pierre had senior Kaitlyn Severyn and junior Sydney Palmer. Harrisburg had seniors Haley Halling and Morgan Beaner.
   Also named to the all-ESD team were Aberdeen Central sophomore Brianna Kusler, Brookings sophomore Sara Tvedt, Huron sophomore Sarah Carr and Brandon Valley senior Lexi Hoover.
   Honorable mention honorees included Yankton’s Morgan Tessier, Brookings’ Sidney Berreth, Lauren Coughlin and Kaitlyn Hadley; Watertown’s Elli Stevenson, Pierre’s Katie Berg, Harrisburg’s Alex Johnson, Huron’s Jacey Hupp and Mithcell’s Torrie Michels.

SDSU GOLF…The South Dakota State men’s and women’s golf teams are 10th and 12th, respectively, at the par-72 Jackrabbit Invitational at the Primm Valley Golf Club.
   The Jackrabbit men’s team shot a 599. The women’s team shot 659. Oral Roberts is atop the women’s leaderboard with a 618 and UNLV leads the men’s side at 559.
   Hudson Carpenter, Lukas Davison and Guillermo Gonzalez all shot 149 for a tie for 29th.  Grant Smith is eight shots behind at 152 while Austin Sitter shot a 165.
   Competing as individuals, Trevor Tobin shot a 157 and Ian Rinken a 162. Dylan Baker fired a 164.
   Megan Mingo shot a 162 and a tie for 37th. Islamiah Fuad is one shot back and is in a tie for 40th.
   Sydney MacDonald had a two-round 167. Alli Plath is at 170 and Amber Houser 171.  Competing as individuals, Myranda Dunmire is tied for 18th after posting a 158 . Brianna Janu shot a 161 while Hallie Getz shot a 167.

ALL-STATE HOCKEY…The South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association has announced its All-State girls’ hockey team.
   First-team selections were Hallie Theodosoupolos and Kailey Schiesl of Brookings; Hailey Gould of Aberdeen, Hope Goethel and Erin Scheibe of Huron; and Kaitlyn Muhl of Watertown.
   Second-team members were Hailey Huff of Aberdeen, Hanna Mutschkelnaus and Jessica Sandahl of Sioux Falls; Heather Mullin of Watertown; Hailey Stahl of Mitchell; and Jessica Laidlaw of Brookings.
   Aberdeen coach Rob Winmeister was named coach of the year.

ALL-WWC WRESTLING…Three Jackrabbits have been named to the Western Wrestling Conference All-League teams.
   Alex Kocer and Cody Pack were selected to the first-team, while John Nething II was named to the second-team.
   Kocer and Pack each had 2-0 showings en route to NCAA West Regional/WWC Championship titles on March 8, while Nething II dropped the title bout en route to a runner-up finish.
   Pack, who was also named all-conference last season, is seeded #15 heading into the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The junior owns a 28-6 record and hasn't lost since the Souther Scuffle (Jan. 1-2).
   Kocer has a team-high 29 wins and went 10-4 in his first year in the dual lineup, while Nething II went 21-12 in his junior campaign.

SDSU WRESTLING…South Dakota State will send Alex Kocer, Cody Pack and Joe Brewster to the 2014 Division I Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., March 20-22 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
   Kocer, a redshirt fresman, and Brewster, a junior, will both be making their NCAA Championship debuts, while Pack will be making a return trip after qualifying last season. The junior had an 0-2 showing.
   The first-round matches, which begin on Thursday at 11 a.m., will have the Jacks squared off against a pair of #1 seeds as Kocer and Brewster will face top-seeded Drake Houdashelt (Missouri, 34-1) and David Taylor (Penn State, 29-0), respectively. Pack, who is seeded #15, is matched up against Aaron Walker (Citadel, 30-7).

DEER STUDY…Residents of McCook and Lake Counties had a different view in the sky earlier this month. A helicopter with trained wildlife wranglers were in the sky to assist with capturing 50 deer for the Department of Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) new doe and fawn survival study.
   A California company was hired to assist South Dakota wildlife biologists with capturing does to study their survival, as well as the survival of their spring fawns. The helicopter crew placed radio transmitters on the deer. 
   Both the collars and the VIT transmit a series of slow beeps which can be picked up by researchers using a GFP truck equipped with a specialized radio receiver.
   Right now, the biologists track the collared does every seven to 10 days, driving around the two counties until all 50 does are found. They plan to spend a lot of time in the areas at the end of May when most fawns are born.
   Three-fourths of this project is paid for by federal matching funds that are acquired through a tax from the sale of guns and ammunition. The remaining funds are from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses in South Dakota.


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